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Che Pope & WRKSHP

“If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”

You know exactly what “here” we are talking about. That sentence has been rooted in our minds since we were young. We have been made to believe that since we, the unlucky surplus of Americans living in the “flyover states”, weren’t lucky enough to be born in one of the two golden meccas of art and entertainment, we would eventually have to leave our hometowns and live amongst the other displaced creators in order to make it in our respective industries.

Then, there are the lucky few of us that make it out to those cities to adorn the silver screen or tread the dusty boards and rise to the level of accolade they always knew they were meant for. When this happens, the cities we discarded our hometowns for are touted in magazines in the hopes of getting the rest of us to chomp at the bit and join them. Hoping that one day we too can take our talents away from our communities in pursuit of shining brightly somewhere else.

Not anymore... Those days are over.

We know the talent that beats through the heart of The Rust Belt. We understand the influence that the Midwest has on the world. It’s time the rest of the world knows, too.

That’s where we come in.

Che Pope & WRKSHP

We built Audetorium as a stage for the Midwest to showcase its talents on. We are the trumpet for you to herald the coming of the new guard. We are the historians of the “flyover states” that will help the world realize why they should stop and take a look. You are what brings our cities to life. You are the lotus flowers growing from the mire and we want to help you find your way toward the sun.

We strive to be the bridge that runs back and forth between the Midwest and the rest of the world. We hope to give our creative community the recognition and opportunities it deserves. The opportunities that will inevitably lead us all towards what we already know we were meant for.


We will do it all without leaving the hometowns that we love. The hometowns that made us who we are. The hometowns that gave us our grind and our hustle. The hometowns that have been giving the rest of the world its shine without them even knowing it.

We are doing it to prove to the rest of the world what has never been a secret to us...

If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

Written by:

Kalvin Lazarte

Photography by:

Xavier Cuevas